Hallora 10/296 vs Yarragon 2/5 Hallora holds the upper hand in its clash with Yarragon after a terrific knock from their captain Brian McDonald, which propelled the Kangas to a big total.
Coming in at 2/98, McDonald (107) dominated proceedings as he took the score past the 250 mark before being trapped in front by Jake Green.
Earlier in the day openers Barry Coster (32) and Stuart Kendall (a career best 91) got the visitors off to a positive start with a 98-run opening stand.
Kendall and McDonald also combined to add 59 while Chris Youngman provided support to McDonald as the pair put on 65 for the fifth wicket.
Pick of the bowlers was Norm Evans who delivered his best spell for the season to claim 4/72. Jake Green took the new ball and finished with 3/65 while youngster Nathan Mazza chipped in with 2/40.
With four overs remaining the Panthers were struck a major blow to their chances losing both John Malacarne and Carlo Ierfone to end the day at 2/5.
Despite this setback, the home side boasts enough talent to be quietly confident of chasing down the target.
Stags bounce back
Neerim District 8/266 (cc) vs Garfield/Tynong Neerim District has bounced back from its shock loss in the previous round by posting a competitive total against Garfield/Tynong.
Choosing to bat first, the Stags got away to a flying start thanks to a 117-run partnership between Davin George and Jamie Gleeson.
Gleeson (80) was the more aggressive of the two with his innings including eight fours and four sixes, while George (35) played an excellent supporting role.
With the score at 2/132 Anthony Hart entered the fray and quickly settled at the crease. Determined to set a target his bowlers could defend Hart put a high price on his wicket and finished the day with 85 not out.
Regular wickets slowed the scoring with only one